Guest Blog Post: Don’t by Born in Providence

When nowhere seems safe, blogger Born in Providence invites us to find shelter on her Island of Sanctuary…

Born in Providence

Don’t show them your drawing

They’ll find the mistakes, compare it to what’s already on the fridge or that Picasso we saw on the field trip last year. Third grade is no excuse; third degree.

Don’t ask them how you look

They’ll find the bump in your pony, the hole in your sock which is already inside your shoe, which are too tight and have a scuff. They’ll see that too. You look tired. Did you even brush your teeth?

Don’t tell them you’re hungry or full

They’ll decide you’re too big, small, selfish, greedy, a bottomless pit, picky. Comparing your plate to everyone with more or less deserving than you, making it impossible to taste or swallow past the lump in your throat.

Don’t offer your opinion even when they ask

They’ll decide their ideas, experiences, thoughts and preferences are superior while simultaneously highlighting why everything that comes out…

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5 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: Don’t by Born in Providence

  1. In short, do not allow that “other” to dominate your feelings. If you are not sure of how you look, having them find fault is not going to help. Nor will it help you if they nitpick your ideas, or opinions apart. Wait until the right time to trot your ideas to come out where others find them interesting, intriguing and well thought out. That is if you are still hanging on to that “other” who likes to put you down in the first place.

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